U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

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When we talk about black maybe We talk about situations Of people of color and because you are that color You endure obstacles and opposition And not all the time from … from other nationalities Sometimes it comes from your own kind Or maybe even your own mind You get judged … you get laughed at…you get looked at wrong …

Jose VilsonU Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

The Education Race Man On Black History Month 2011 (Exhibit V)

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Normally, I don’t start posts like this, but imagine my annoyance at another misinformed message regarding Black History Month, this time from an unlikely source. Not sure who first posted it, but in the video, Morgan Freeman asserts two points: Black history is American history, so we shouldn’t relegate the history to a month. To an extent, it’s true, but …

Jose VilsonThe Education Race Man On Black History Month 2011 (Exhibit V)
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., The First Meeting (Melvin Hale)

Jose vs. Mr. Vilson, Part 2 – Do You Think Segregation Is A Good Thing For Minorities?

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Jose: First off, you and I both know I don’t even like the word “minority” because, in the words of Piri Thomas, there’s nothing minor about me. Mr. Vilson: Whoa, buddy! HAHA! Jose: You know what I mean. There’s just no way we’re ever going to get respect in this country if we keep using that word on a daily …

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson

Yes, We Still Have To Do Things Twice As Well

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“Why don’t the adults ever have to get into dress code? It’s bullshit.” The student didn’t say it loud enough for the dean to hear it, but, with me standing right next to him, he could have whispered it and the message would have resonated clearly with me. The problem with his logic stems from the fact that, on that …

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Voices of Concerned Educators: The Twilight Zone and How Affluence Perpetuates the Achievement Gap [C. Marquez]

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“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop…The Twilight Zone!” ~Rod Serling As an elementary school administrator, I currently work in the Twilight Zone. This environment is completely foreign to me. …

C. MarquezVoices of Concerned Educators: The Twilight Zone and How Affluence Perpetuates the Achievement Gap [C. Marquez]
Black Male Student and Teacher Writing on Blackboard

Notes from The Black and Latino Males in High School Forum

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On November 24th, 2009 at around 9am, I had the distinct pleasure of going to the NYU Metropolitan Center Policy for Urban Education Educational Forum. The topic was “How are Black and Latino males faring in our high schools?” hosted and moderated by Dr. Pedro Noguera, professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and …

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Industry Rule #4082: Rule #4080 Applies to Education, Too

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I wonder how inactive and paralyzing it is to the school system when, superficially, we exude some form of pleasantry and quietness that many may mistake for some sort of sterility, at least on the part of the relationships within the building. For those who’ve had any experience within a school, I’m here to quasi-report that not only is there …

Jose VilsonIndustry Rule #4082: Rule #4080 Applies to Education, Too
Jose In The Dark

The Sounds of Quisqueya Call Me Right Back

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Today, Raquel Cepeda linked me to a post about Dominican-Haitian relations that she wrote on her blog, and for those of you who know me, you know I had to jump on that quickly. Most of you know my story already: Dominican mom, Haitian father, grew up conflicted about my identity and how people sought to mold it for me …

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Santiago Coors Ad

Mr. Boombastic (or A Profile on Santiago)

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My first interaction with Santiago’s artwork came on MySpace, the social network where rock stars, porn stars, wannabe musicians and groupies, and the rest of us converge under one buggy but rather influential hub for the most random of reasons. There, someone had a pretty interesting profile picture. It had a lady with headphones, with striking red and oranges. Naturally, …

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